For an entirely different whole

Principles of solidary trade

1. Agreement on good raw coffee prices

In alignment with our mission, we are paying the best possible price for small-scale farmers and cooperatives' work. In our view, social standards and funding are as important as high coffee quality and sustainable processing. In the spirit of solidarity, we are paying more than the Fairtrade minimum price for raw coffee.

2. Long-term cooperation - fixed purchase volumes

Café Libertad offers advance financing of future harvests to partner coops up to 60% of the total amount by concluding preliminary contracts. These financial means are earmarked for the purchase of coop members' coffee and the preparation of exports. The implementation of sustainable cultivation methods and organic production is supported by premiums.

3. Sponsoring and supporting the establishment of coops

The economic situation and the degree of self-organisation are exercising considerable influence on protest movements' foundations. We don't participate in Fairtrade seals because we refuse to 'invest' in marketing campaigns or distribution structures of supermarket chains. We prefer to support our partner coops, like Zapatista communities in Chiapas or women's coop Aprolma in Honduras, directly by funding. Since 1999, we have supported Zapatista communities, our partner coops and other projects disbursing an amount of 450.000 Euro. Additionally, a lot of smaller amounts have been transferred to oppositional, queer-feminist or anti-racist structures.

4. Direct distribution - involvement of customers

Direct distribution is an important part of Café Libertad Kollektiv's concept. Resale is taking place in world shops, health-food shops and book stores charging their own premiums. However, all customers can as well order at Café Libertad directly or shop at depots in several cities selling our coffee at the Café Libertad price without surcharges.

5. Communication and political discussion

Direct import, the tightest possible interconnection of production, distribution and consumption, does not only enforce consciousness of mutual interests but is at the same time promoting transparency between different protagonists. Besides coffee import, we are involved in unpaid political work, e.g. at information meetings or solidarity activities.

6. You cannot buy a better world – make yourself part of the movement

A crucial point of the idea of solidary trade is considering not merely trade relations but all conditions of society in a global perspective. Solidary trade isn't neutral but is taking an active position and is making itself part of local struggles and social movements all over the world. The emphasis is on learning from mutual experiences, discuss critical questions collectively and to question one's own point of view self-critically.

7. Considering local conditions

Increasing poverty even in Europe is exerting a negative impact on fair and solidary trade. Therefore, reasonable consumer prices are essential: solidarily traded coffee is not supposed to be a luxury good for well-off buyers but has to be available for as many people as possible. In this view, besides de-colonialisation of relationships and the shortest way possible from producer to consumer, the development of social movements against marginalisation, exploitation and unacceptable working conditions is required. As important, in our opinion, are refugees' rights and the abolition of the European border regime which is penetrable for goods and investment, but closed for people fleeing from the consequences of global trade like climate change, war or poverty. United we stand!

Report on the social situation in Mexico

In Mexico, repression and struggles against mega projects are increasing. A "civilising crisis" encompasses the region, an indigenous delegation reports. » more

Declaration of Solidarity: Stop the war against Zapatista communities!

The situation in Chiapas is escalating and paramilitary attacks are increasing. In the Zapatista community of Moisés y Gandhi, one person was seriously injured by gunfire. » more

New coffee harvest 2023

With the new harvest, our warehouses are filling up again with raw coffee, also from new cooperatives. Soon all 5kg bulk packs will be available again and we can recalculate our sales prices. » more

Resistance against mega project in the Philippines

Interview with an anarchist environmentalist campaigning against the hydropower station and dam project. » more

More favourable terms for orders from abroad

While prices are rising everywhere as a result of war and crises, we can now offer better conditions for international shipping. Domestic shipping costs remain stable. » more

New harvest, new prices

As the new harvest is arriving and raw coffee prices for small-scale farmers' coops have improved considerably, we now have to increase our sales prices as well. » more

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The idea of Zapatism

»For a world where there is space for many worlds« is one of the messages from the Lacandonian djungle » more

Our calculation

We are importing 2945 sacks of raw coffee from six cooperatives in this year. » more